Maintaining ones credentials as a dietitian is very important. After all the schooling and studying, we still need to make sure we continue to learn by completing our continuing education units (CEUs) and submitting them to the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Once we complete our professional development learning portfolio, we have five years to complete 75 CEUs and submit them in order to maintain our dietetic credential.
We all don’t choose to procrastinate. However, sometimes we wait until the last minute to complete our CEUs. Here are some tips on how you can complete your CEUs quickly.
- Attend an all-day or multiple day class or seminar. CEUs are based on providing you with one unit per hour of education. By attending a five or more hour event, you can quickly build your units necessary to reach your 75 number goal. These seminars and classes do cost money so make sure to choose a topic that you are interested in which can also enhance your career.
- Complete free CEUs offered in magazines. For example, Today’s Dietitian offers free self-study courses where you can read an article and respond to questions which will provide you with CEUs.
- Are you already a member of a Dietetic Practice Group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? Many of these groups offer CEUs through their webinars, newsletters, and articles. Check out their websites to complete the CEUs they offer.
- Read a book. Yes – some books will provide you with many CEUs just for reading it and answering some questions. For a list of books with CEUs, click HERE.
- Check out a detailed list of specific CEU options with links to websites. These options include reading a textbook, attending a specific conference, webinars, and more.
CEUs are a great way to continue your professional development and help you stay on top of cutting edge information. CEUs are meant to enhance your career and provide you with the most up-to-date information to assist with your practice. Continue to learn and grow and make sure to give yourself ample time to complete your CEUs. Also be aware of the cost because many times the seminars, webinars, conferences, classes, and books do have a fee.